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Who are Pagans..? Are Hindus pagans..?

Asked by ranjith nambiar, 08 Jul '08 09:23 am
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Paganism, in the broadest sense includes all religions other than the true one revealed by God, and, in a narrower sense, all except Christianity, Judaism, and Mohammedanism. It is derived from the Latin pagus.
Answered by Doctor Know, 08 Jul '08 09:29 am

 
  
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Pagans are anyone who is not a Pylonite. This term is not meant derogitory, it is simply a word meaning a non-Pylonite. It's basically just a word used to refer to various religions and religious beliefs from across the world. Certain sects of Hindus could be Pagans.
Answered by Zeus, 08 Jul '08 09:36 am

 
  
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Paganism (from Latin paganus, meaning "country dweller, rustic", also called paynim) is a word used to refer to various religions and religious beliefs from across the world. It is a term which, from a Western perspective, has modern connotations of spiritualist, animistic or shamanic practices or beliefs of any folk religion, and of historical and contemporary polytheistic religions in particular.
Answered by Stone Heart, 08 Jul '08 09:32 am

 
  
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According to wikipedia:
The Latin word paganus is an adjective meaning "rural" or "rustic" and in the 4th century AD had developed a negative connotation of "rustically unsophisticated" in line with Classical civilization's high valuation on urban life. In the 5th century as Christianity began to take hold in the cities the rural population, for example in ancient Gaul the pagani, were as yet untouched by this new religion, and so the negative connotation of the word combined with the religious difference to give the then-new meaning to the word pagan.

"Paganism" is also sometimes used to mean the lack of (an accepted monotheistic) religion, and therefore sometimes means essentially the same as atheism.

later the word pagans came to be applied to the worship of things in nature also like sun, tree, aminals etc. in the modern sense, pagans is used for polytheists or pantheists.....
Answered by The Light, 08 Jul '08 09:35 am

 
  
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